11 Essential Tips For Hiking With Dogs
How do you combine your love of the outdoors and spending time with your dog?
Hiking with your dog is a fun way to exercise and bond. The wide-open space, fresh air, and enticing smells will have Fido waiting at the door. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or a newbie, these dog-friendly hiking tips will make your next outdoor adventure with Fido a success!
Finding a comfortable pace is key to any hiking adventure, especially when hiking with dogs. Remember to start slowly and work your way up to the long or strenuous hikes.
Wear A Harness
A harness with a reflective strip or bright color is the best choice. The harness will keep your dog visible in the woods and is a safer option for walking.
Keeping your dog on a leash will keep your dog at your side and out of trouble. Dogs are curious and may run into a wild animal, or try to eat a toxic plant if not on a leash.
If you are going to be hiking over rough terrain, then Fido may need some paw protection. Boots and protective paw wax save sensitive paws from abrasive terrain.
Be sure you bring enough water for you and Fido. Staying hydrated is important especially during hot weather. It is best to hike in the morning or evening, the cooler times of the day, on a hot summer day.
Skip Bug Spray
The woods are a peaceful escape — and home to multiple bugs and wildlife. Keep your dog safe by protecting him with dog-safe bug repellent to ward off pesky bugs. Try a dog-friendly insect repellant and skip the spray, because citronella and DEET-based repellants are toxic for dogs.
Check For Ticks
Check Fido over for bugs after the hike. Ticks are common in the woods and love to burrow in dogs. They can be hard to spot with all the fur, so do a thorough examination.
When hiking it is important to stay on the dedicated trail and pick up after your dog. The goal is to leave no trace behind. Stuff a few pet waste bags into your backpack or hook a pet waste bag dispenser onto your belt for easy clean-up.
All of the sights and smells will keep Fido entertained for hours. However, if you want to play a game of fetch in the open field or lake you can upon, consider packing one of these. This lightweight toy is perfect to play a game of fetch.
No hike would be complete without a healthy snack. Grab a bag of healthy dog treats to reward Fido or to enjoy as you take a break on the trail.
Visit The Animal Rescue Site Store for all your dog-friendly hiking essentials, then get outside and enjoy nature with your dog!